Hello and happy almost-spring,
The latest issue of Late Model Digest, featuring the coverage from the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing at New Smyrna Speedway, has been released. It will be made free for everyone; just contact us through this website or the LMD Facebook page and we’ll zip it to you. All subscriptions will be extended by two weeks.
It’s possible that the scenes at Speedweeks can’t be properly shown in just 32 pages. Here are some extra looks at the New Smyrna festivities; click on the photos for descriptions and credits.
Enjoy the upcoming season, everyone!
Two of the biggest winners at the 53rd annual World Series were Derek Kraus (9), who scored the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series victory, and Bubba Pollard (11), who won three times in this Super Late Model owned by Florida legend and new cancer patient David Rogers. (Michael Fettig/ actionshotsphotography.com)
Brad May scored his first Speedweeks Super Late Model victory since joining car owner Bobby Sears four years ago. The combination had won several times in Pro Late Model action in previous World Series. (Kim Kemperman photo)
Augie Grill won features in both the Pro Late Model and modified divisions. (Mike Lysakowski/ Motorsport Aspects)
The NASCAR K&N Pro East Series cars zip past a packed main grandstand of the rain-delayed race. (Mike Lysakowski/ Motorsport Aspects)
Chance Jewels spins to the inside of the half-mile as Jerick Johnson (76), two-time Pro Late Model podium finisher Loris Hezemans (5) and Dalton Smith speed past him. (Mike Lysakowski/ Motorsport Aspects)
Drew Dollar (54) and Hailie Deegan (19) prepare for the start of the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series event, just ahead of Brandon McReynolds (74) and Sam Mayer. (Kim Kemperman photo)
Pro Late Model champion Sammy Smith enjoys his final trip to victory lane with his father Kurt.
Super Late Model driver Jared Irvan (right) had crew help on the final night from former NASCAR K&N Pro East Series and USAR Pro Cup driver Reid Wilson (left).
Former Late Model driver and current modified racer Ricky Moxley finishes an order from Brooke Jones, the wife of longtime track photographer and Speedweeks fixture Jim Jones.
Travis Braden gets loose in front of Super Late Model Orange Blossom 100 winner Derek Griffith. (Mike Lysakowski/ Motorsport Aspects)
Travis Kvapil (left), the father of Super Late Model teenage star Carson Kvapil, chats with Dean Strom, who had some announcing duties over the weekend at nearby Daytona International Speedway. Strom was the PR director of the old NASCAR Midwest (RE/Max Challenge) Series when Travis was a regular competitor in 1998-2000.
Wisconsin teenager Gabe Sommers (right), the Super Late Model points runner-up, debriefs after qualifying with his adviser for the week, Travis Sauter.
Super Late Model rookie Trey Bayne saw his Speedweeks end after the second night. (Mike Lysakowski/ Motorsport Aspects)
Jamie Skinner (51) battles Hailie Deegan in Pro Late Model action. Skinner won on Valentine’s Day while Deegan was the opening night runner-up. (Mike Lysakowski/ Motorsport Aspects)
Travis Braden watches his car owner Bill Burba make an adjustment on his Super Late Model. Burba also drove in the modified class.
Derek Griffith emerges from his car with a victory in the 100-lap Super Late Model finale. (Michael Fettig/ actionshotsphotography.com)
Super Late Model champion Bubba Pollard waves to the crowd during Orange Blossom 100 driver introductions, with Logan Seavey (left) and Tate Fogleman awaiting their names to be called. (Michael Fettig/ actionshotsphotography.com)
Jeremy Miller pushes his car through part of the tech line. Miller won two Pro Late Model races but had one taken away because of a body panel measurement violation. (Kim Kemperman photo)
Former Pro Late Model champion and new chassis builder Dakota Stroup (left) mentored rookie Sam Johnson.
Jett Motorsports teammates Tate Fogleman and Jett Noland take a restart from the front row of the Super Late Model Orange Blossom 100. (Kim Kemperman photo)
Todd Stone starts a Pro Late Model race from the pole next to Jeremy Miller (Kim Kemperman photo)
Ty Gibbs (17) and eventual winner Derek Kraus (16) take a late restart up front in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series race ahead of Colin Garrett (18) and Brandon McReynolds. (Kim Kemperman photo)
Pro Late Model rookie Austin MacDonald (left) prepares for a race with King Racing crew chief Andrew Hicken.